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Old 03-19-2019, 02:28 PM
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Anybody ever have a torn calf muscle. Injured it about 2 months ago, run and hard stop. Thought it was healed and hurt it again. And same thing again. This time it is not healing up. Ortho doc diagnosed as torn and sent me to PT. That only makes it hurt more.

Been icing, elevating and resting it to no avail. Anybody ever have it?
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No but I have a bum knee.

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No but I have a bum knee.



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I tore my right calf skiing 3 years ago.... just getting better now .. But I didn't go the therapy... Probably should have
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Lol at knee.

I tore the middle part of my hamstring and it took 1-1/2 years to heal to 80%. I couldn't do leg curls for 9 months and my foot pointed outward when I walked. I thought it was a full tear but after 11 months it began to tighten back up, and my foot when I walk went back to normal. I would assume your calf will be a similar recovery unless it is a 100% tear.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:53 PM
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I have. Hurt like a SOB for a couple days. Doc said it would take a couple weeks to heal, ended up taking more like 8 weeks. Bothered me for at least a couple months. I have learned one thing as I've gotten a little older, whatever healing time they give you, you can easily triple that time if not more if you want a more realistic outlook on healing time. Things like that just take time to heal, not much you can do about it in the meantime.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Mud View Post
Anybody ever have a torn calf muscle. Injured it about 2 months ago, run and hard stop. Thought it was healed and hurt it again. And same thing again. This time it is not healing up. Ortho doc diagnosed as torn and sent me to PT. That only makes it hurt more.

Been icing, elevating and resting it to no avail. Anybody ever have it?
Yes. Full heal time was about a year.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:57 PM
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Just tore a chunk of mine in my left calf about a week and a half ago. Had a boot that helped walking. Started to go today without out. Doc told me to use it as much as pain would allow. The more you can keep working it the better off you are. The longer it stays immobile the longer time it will be an issue. Obviously if it is painful then stop but keep working thru the discomfort and it will heal slowly
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Originally Posted by Big Mud View Post
Anybody ever have a torn calf muscle. Injured it about 2 months ago, run and hard stop. Thought it was healed and hurt it again. And same thing again. This time it is not healing up. Ortho doc diagnosed as torn and sent me to PT. That only makes it hurt more.

Been icing, elevating and resting it to no avail. Anybody ever have it?
I just am finally getting over a torn Plantaris muscle. It runs from your lower calf to your lower thigh. If you put your hand behind your knee, in the soft tissue between the tendons, and clench your toes, what you feel with your hand is right where it tore. PT sucks. PT often hurts, but it works. To strengthen and rebuild, it tears down the muscle tissue, which then rebuilds stronger and heals. PT sucks, and really is hard to justify the time, but it is the only thing that will help a lot of injuries.
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I’m on week 10 of Achilles surgery. I just got back into a shoe and am able to start trying to walk again. It’s been a miserable 10 weeks.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:37 PM
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I just am finally getting over a torn Plantaris muscle. It runs from your lower calf to your lower thigh. If you put your hand behind your knee, in the soft tissue between the tendons, and clench your toes, what you feel with your hand is right where it tore. PT sucks. PT often hurts, but it works. To strengthen and rebuild, it tears down the muscle tissue, which then rebuilds stronger and heals. PT sucks, and really is hard to justify the time, but it is the only thing that will help a lot of injuries.
#metoo. Lol. Never heard of anyone else doing it. Hurt like a mo fo when I did it and HOLY CRAP did it hurt to try to walk. Gave in and went to ortho a few days later. He diagnosed me without even touching my leg just by watching me walk/hobble into his office. Said it would take two weeks to get better and 4-6 to heal. He was on the money. My last PT is tomorrow.

I thight i was better two weeks ago. Then I got stupid and went to the beach. First step in the sand and POW right back to square 1.

I still feel the lump/ball in my calf and its tender, but I'm walking and driving and actually semi-jogged across a street today. Hope it doesn't screw up my ski vacation next week.

PT has worked and you're right - it does suck.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:27 PM
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Tore my Gastroc something of other muscle a couple of years ago. Hurt like mad for a few days and I had a big purple bruise on the back of my calf for a month. Took about 2 months for it to not have some discomfort when I put stress on it.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:35 PM
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:34 AM
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I have torn both calves and both biceps over the years.Assuming these are partial tears like mine were,they take a long time about 6 months to fell normal again.The problem with tears is that if you get a lot of bruising,there is a risk of internal clots.The bruising also takes a month or two to disappear.You may end up with ares of visible damage when you flex the calves after healing as well as some solid feeling scar tissue areas.I learned to pay attention to leverage when lifting and limiting the hard starts and stops.Not such a big deal now that I am a bit older.
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Funny, big mud was a back bay fishing spot in the 60's. Mostly filled in in now and large sand bar. I'm not going there this year. You are correct.

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Im on week 10 of Achilles surgery. I just got back into a shoe and am able to start trying to walk again. Its been a miserable 10 weeks.

Had mine replaced last Sept and still not walking like i used to. Took a tendon from my Toe for the Achilles repair. A lot of muscle atrophy.
Still not back to normal.
Doc said it could take a year
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As others have said, it takes months for a calf tear to heal.

Mine took three months to heal and that was after I learned the hard way not to rush back into running. That prolonged the healing process by another month. Lots of stretching (physical therapy) and rest is your best option.

I tore a calf muscle again last year while I was in Albuquerque working at a show and I was not in a position to take it easy and rest so I bought some of those heating packs that you can stick to your body and I wrapped it tightly around my calf inside an ace bandage while I was working. That did wonders and it really helped the healing process. Oh, and Motrin is your friend to reduce swelling and pain!

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Old 03-20-2019, 01:17 PM
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Long healing process. Never tore my calf but I tore my hamstring and bicep. Bicep obviously had to be and was fixed with surgery VERY quickly. However, calf is like hamstring but even worse. It took months for my hamstring to heal and the calf is worse because it's involved in walking. My advice is to baby it and ice it a lot. I'm not sure I agree with stretching until it heals fully. Any stretching while it's healing is going to hamper the healing process.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:54 PM
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Thank you all for responding. Clearly this will take a lot of time as no one healed quickly. Thanks again.
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I tore open an envelope and got a paper cut and that hurt like a son of a gun. Feel better. Just finished 9 weeks of pt on shoulder. Pt hurts but it works. Take your time and don't rush it. Good luck!
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